The cooperation with partners takes various forms: operational cooperation and coordination, practical collaboration and information exchange, discussion and dialogue, integrated project work,...
The IO is part of the Federal Public Service Interior and implements aliens policy in Belgium. The IO registers asylum applications and determines the Member State that is responsible for processing it (Dublin III Regulation). The IO is partially responsible for the return of migrants, via www.sefor.be among other options.
The CALL is an independent administrative law court that is authorised to process appeals against decisions taken by the IO (decisions in alien cases) and the CGRS (in asylum dossiers).
Other partners in the asylum procedure
Fedasil is responsible for the organisation of good quality reception and support in open centres. Fedasil is also responsible for monitoring and receiving unaccompanied minors. Fedasil coordinates voluntary return programmes.
The Guardianship service identifies unaccompanied minor foreign nationals and ensures that a representative is appointed. Via the coordinator for minors, the CGRS works closely with representatives and the Guardianship Service.
The Red Cross provides reception for applicants for international protection in their own reception centres, under the coordination of Fedasil. The Red Cross uses Tracing to trace missing family members that are related to refugees.
The CGRS is part of the Federal Public Service Interior. The personnel and the budget for resources is provided by the FPS Interior. As a result of its independence, the CGRS has a separate status within the structures of the FPS Interior.
Multilateral and international organisations
The UNHCR is a UN organisation. Its mission is to offer protection to refugees worldwide.
The UNHCR can provide advice to the IO, the CGRS or the CALL at any stage of the asylum procedure.
The IOM is an inter-governmental organisation that is responsible for more structured migration. Via the REAB programme’ Return and Emigration of Asylum Seekers ex-Belgium’, the IOM provides support to applicants for international protection with respect to voluntary return to the country of origin.
The CGRS engages in constructive dialogue with organisations in civil society that represent the interests of applicants for international protection.
Umbrella organisation of associations that are active within the asylum domain, including Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen and CIRE, Coordination et Initiatives pour Refugiés et Étrangers . The Belgian Refugee Council is the operational partner to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belgium. Every month there are contact meetings between representatives of government bodies, NGOs and international organisations that work in the area of asylum. The CGRS also takes part in this dialogue.
The website resettlement contains information about the Belgian resettlement programme and the collaboration between the CGRS and the resettlement partners UNHCR, Fedasil, the IO, the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, IOM, the PCSWs and NGOs.
European and international networks
The European and international context increasingly determines national developments when it comes to asylum. A greater harmonisation of asylum policy is occurring on the basis of legislative initiatives and practical collaboration between the asylum services from the various EU Member States. The practical collaboration runs bilaterally or via a network.
The European Migration Network disseminates current, objective, reliable and comparable information on asylum and migration. EMN is coordinated at EU level by the European Commission. The Belgian national contact point for EMN comprises a representative of the CGRS, IO, Fedasil and the Federal Migration Centre.
This agency of the European Union was founded in order to more effectively coordinate the practical collaboration between the EU Member States. EASO also supports Member States that are under particular pressure as a result of asylum. EASO offers training and operational support, develops information about countries of origin and maintains relationships with third countries.
Belgium is an active partner of the EASO. The CGRS coordinates Belgium's participation in EASO activities. The Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons Dirk van den Bulck is the Belgian representative on the EASO's Board.
A transatlantic forum that regularly unites representatives from Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia to discuss themes relating to asylum, migration and integration. The CGRS takes part in the working groups concerning COI and asylum.
GDISC is an informal network of directors and experts from administrations tasked with drawing up asylum or migration policy in EU Member States and candidate Member States.
Important European partners
Netherlands: Immigratie- en naturalisatiedienst (www.ind.nl)
France: Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides (www.ofpra.gouv.fr)
Germany: Bundesambt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (www.bamf.de)
United Kingdom: UK Border Agency – Home Office (www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/asylum)
Sweden: Swedish Migration Board (www.migrationsverket.se)
Norway: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (www.udi.no)
Denmark: Danish Immigration Service (www.nyidanmark.dk)
Luxembourg: Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes (www.mae.lu)